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Colleen is the author of six bestselling books. In addition, she contributes to National Public Radio and writes countless articles and essays.

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"I CAUGHT A VEGAN BEING IMPERFECT" COMMENT OF THE DAY

A gentleman on the KQED website in response to my latest radio editorial/Perspective called Meat, Milk, and Butter for Vegans. He wrote, "Agriculture has in fact a greater brutality to the life sustaining life forms under the soil. In fact, tilling for agriculture causes a great deal of horrific and...

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(Originally published as an op-ed in The Oakland Tribune / Contra Costa Times.)

Via the newly signed Farm Bill, the Obama administration is offering $100 million to bail out the livestock industry.

California residents are told to turn the tap off when brushing our teeth,...

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The new edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge has 40 brand-new recipes - and countless menu suggestions and meal ideas. Admittedly, for me, the recipe-testing process is my least favorite aspect of writing books (that have recipes). I love developing recipes and choosing the ones that are best for the context in which they will appear, but wordsmithing the recipes, sending them to testers, making changes based on feedback, editing the recipes...

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Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in...

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One of the most pervasive myths that shapes people’s perception about being vegan is that it’s about limitation and restriction. Yet, millions of people resist learning the truth about how the animals are bred, kept, and killed for human consumption. “Don’t tell me about how the animals are treated,” they say.” “I don’t want to know. I don’t want to see. I don’t want to look.” I find this ironic, because it freely admits a willingness to...

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“Taking away the lives of animals in order to convert them into food does great violence to the principles of benevolence and compassion.”

~ David Hartley, 1749

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“It’s up to each one of us to create the compassionate world we say we want to live in; as ambassadors for compassion, we can make it happen.”

~ Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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In a compassionate paradigm, it would be a compliment and not an insult to be called an animal. After all, that’s who we are. In embracing our animal selves, human animals would find humility, and non-human animals would be elevated – perhaps not as gods but as whole, complex, wondrous beings worthy of dignity and respect, where their bodies and offspring are theirs to claim and cherish – not ours to use and destroy. In a compassionate...

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Skepticism tends to shadow pro-vegan articles, leaving readers declaring that the author/source was “biased” or had a “vegan agenda,” thus casting doubt on the reliability and accuracy of the information. It’s rare for a pro-meat (or pro-dairy/pro-egg) article to garner the same response, even when it’s an advertisement or marketing copy. The fact is everything we read comes from someone’s perspective: vegans have a vegan bias, and...

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